Group Sues Ford And GM Over CD-Ripping To Cars
August 5, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Is it legal for you to copy a CD's worth of music to a hard drive in your car? Maybe not, says THE ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS AND RECORDING COMPANIES, which has launched a class action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars against FORD and GENERAL MOTORS over the CD-ripping capability in their cars. The music industry group claims that the car companies violate federal law and demand millions of dollars in damages.
TORRENTFREAK obtained a copy of the complaint, "which states that FORD’s 'Jukebox' device and GENERAL MOTOR’s 'Hard Drive Device' allow consumers to rip CDs onto an internal hard drive. According to the music group these devices fall under the 'Audio Home Recording Act' and the car companies are therefore required to pay royalties."
“Twenty-two years ago, cooperation between music creators and device manufacturers resulted in legislation that led to a digital electronics revolution. But having reaped the benefits of this bargain, FORD, GM, DENSO, and CLARION have now decided to ignore their obligations to music creators and declare themselves above the law,” said AARC Executive Director LINDA BOCCHI.
“While no one likes litigation, FORD, GM, DENSO, and CLARION have stonewalled long enough, and we are determined to collect the royalties our members -- and all artists and music creators with rights under the AHRA -- are owed,” added BOCCHI.